As one half of pattern-toting research and design duo Patternity, Grace Winteringham has created an online resource of credited and tagged pattern-based imagery, designed all kinds of things from tights, tea sets and tables, to giant kaleidoscopes in Trafalgar square, and hosted talks and creative workshops for brands, institutions and museums. More recently the pair have been exploring more deeply the term 'design' and have become interested in how we can all design our lives and our experiences – from designing routines or practices to nourish the self, to selecting scents and soundtracks to stimulate the senses in both working and home environments. As Grace says in a recent interview posted on Habitat's blog, “we're into looking at design of the whole – not just individual objects”.
Music, then, has become an increasingly essential ingredient in Patternity's work. In recent years, they've curated festivals, Immersive Days and creative workshops where music and sound play a key part. They recently did a 'Jazz Marbling' workshop – where, Grace explains, “we explored the effects of jazz music on creative flow. Music and sound can take you to a place of productivity, positivity, emotion or memory – I listen to music all the time, it's a key part in helping me get into flow.”
Grace's brother George first got her on the decks at house parties their parents wish they hadn't thrown, and she's been DJing ever since. She spent her first student loan on a pair of decks and then hosted a monthly party called Ampbox with a friend for a year or so up in Edinburgh. More recently she's played sets at festivals and events – including the Habitat London Design Festival party a couple of weeks ago. Listen up!